Having trouble sticking to your diet? Sacrificing snacks to cut back on calories? Big mistake!
To successfully lose weight you need to have snacks. Snacks are the fuel your body needs between meals. Start adding some of these healthy and delicious snacks to your diet and lose those extra pounds!
Healthy snacks are vital because they keep your metabolism going throughout the day – that means more fat burned. Combining the right types of food will keep your tummy full and give you consistent energy until meal time.
You might also be interested in these 14 Best Healthy Snacks for Under 100 Calories if you’re on a very restricted diet.
Here’s our nutritionist-approved healthy snacks for weight loss:
1Raspberries, honey and Greek yogurt
This indulgent sweet and creamy snack is a great way to get over that afternoon slump. The trio is combined with healthy fats, fiber and protein so it will keep you satisfied. It’s also high in vitamin C from the raspberries with has been proven to increase your body’s fat-burning abilities. Add a 1 cup of raspberries to ¾ cup of Greek yogurt and top with 1/2 tablespoon of honey.
2Walnuts and grapes
A great combination of natural sugars, healthy fats and protein – this power snack will satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up. Simply grab a cup of grapes and a small handful of walnuts when you’re feeling peckish!
3KIND Healthy Grains Granola Bars
These bars are one of my favorite healthy snacks and are loaded with heart-healthy-whole grains and vitamins. There are 5 ‘super’ whole grains in these bars: oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat – all of which can help your body burn fat and lower cholesterol. Check them out on Amazon today, my favorite are the maple, pumpkin seed and sea salt flavor – yum!
Did you know that a single cup of edamame beans contains a third of your daily dietary fiber AND protein requirements? They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin K and folate and are low in calories. These little beans may even reduce the chance of getting breast cancer.
5Cottage cheese with wheat thins
Grab a half-cup of cottage cheese and a dozen wheat thins and you’re good to go. This healthy snack contains a quarter of your daily protein intake from the cottage cheese. It’s also has healthy fats which combined with the protein will keep you going until your next meal.
The Mediterranean diet is well known for its health benefits. Grab 5 kalamata olives, a cup of thinly sliced cucumbers and 3 tablespoons of hummus. This healthy snack is high in fiber and low in fat but feels much like a meal!
Oats are a great option for a low-calorie healthy snack. These complex carbohydrates are full of fiber and regulate your blood sugar levels so you have sustained energy. Blueberries are a superfood high in vitamin C and they add sweetness without any additional sugar. Grab a microwave packet of plain oatmeal and top it off with half a cup of blueberries.
8Sliced banana and peanut butter
Slice up a banana and spread the pieces with a tablespoon of peanut butter. The natural sugar in the banana will give you a quick energy bump, and the healthy fats and protein of the peanut butter will keep you going until your next meal. It’s even been found that eating peanut butter in the morning can help curb your appetite throughout the entire day – so try this one as a mid-morning snack.
9Sliced apple and cheese
A delicious sweet and salty snack with a crunch! Grab a half-inch slice of sharp cheddar and a medium sized apple. Slice the apple and eat it with the cheese, yum! Apples and cheese can help prevent weight gain which makes them a great quick-and-easy option.
10Turkey with roasted red peppers
This mini meal will only set you back around 150 calories. Grab 5 slices of turkey breast, two sliced roasted red peppers and a couple of teaspoons of your favorite mustard. Spread the mustard on each slice of turkey, then roll up the red peppers inside – so good!
11Sliced pear and almond butter
Almond butter is another super food you might like to read more about here. This snack combines it with sliced pear – a great combination of carbs, healthy fats and protein. I like to sprinkle some cinnamon on top, cinnamon has even been linked to helping stabilize blood sugar levels.
A great quick-and-easy snack that you can grab when hunger strikes. Eggs are loaded with protein so it’ll curb your appetite and keep you from grabbing an unhealthy snack. An egg is only 77 calories and also has nutrients like vitamins D and B12. You can prepare a bunch of them at once and just leave them in the fridge and grab them as you need.